BSc(Psych) GradDipPsych MPsych(Clinical) MAPS CCLIN
Sofia is a Clinical and Perinatal Psychologist with 18 years of experience providing psychological and counselling support.
During the early years of her career she worked with diverse clinical presentations in a community mental health setting. During this time, she developed a passion for helping and supporting families in the perinatal period, focusing on all stages of the parenthood journey, from planning to have a baby up to three years post birth.
Sofia’s extensive perinatal experience comes from her work with Jean Hailes Research Unit at Monash University, the Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI) at Austin Hospital, Mitcham Private Hospital in the Early Parenting Centre, the Perinatal Unit and in the Maternity Ward, as well as in private practice settings in Melbourne where she works exclusively with individuals experiencing difficulties in the perinatal period.
Sofia employs and integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches and offers both short and long-term therapy. She works from a relational, attachment-based framework and employs a range of therapeutic approaches that are collaborative and tailored to individual and family needs, including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is trained in Clinical Hypnosis.
Sofia is accredited in Watch Wait and Wonder intervention (child led psychotherapeutic approach) and the parent-child relationship-based early intervention program, Circle of Security, both aimed at enhancing the connection and security between parents and their infants.
Sofia appreciates that for some people it takes a lot of courage to seek help; her aim is to provide a safe and supportive space where clients can navigate the difficulties that prompted them to seek help, and does so in a warm, genuine and non-judgmental way.
Sofia always welcomes parents bringing their baby to the session.
Some of the difficulties that she works with:
- Pre-conception, including fertility issues
- Perinatal loss
- Birth trauma
- Infant/parent sleep difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in the perinatal period (before and after birth of the baby)
- Parent-infant attachment (including difficulties with connection)
- Adjustment to parenthood
- Parents of multiples